RANDALL BENTON/rbenton@sacbee.com

As smoke hangs in the canyon below, Foresthill residents check a bulletin board for information about the American fire, which has burned over 7,000 acres since Saturday. As firefighters try to contain the blaze in the Sierra foothills, air quality officials advise people in the area to stay indoors to avoid the worst effects of the smoky air that has blanketed the town.

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